FRENCH DEFENSE TARRASCH VARIATION
[Event "French Defense Tarrasch Variation"] [Site "TEST"] [Date "2012.05.2"] [Round "1"] [White "Kasparov President"] [Black "Kasparov President"] [Result ""] [ECO ""] [WhiteElo "2800"] [BlackElo "2800"] [Annotator "Mraovich,Robert"] [PlyCount "80"] [EventDate "2012.??.??"] [EventType "tourn"] [EventRounds "1"] [EventCountry "RUS"] [EventCategory "17"] [SourceDate "2012.05.2"] {Kasparov President} 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nd2 (3. Nd2 c5 4. exd5 exd5 5. Ngf3 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd6 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. O-O Nge7 9. Nb3 Bd6 10. Re1 O-O 11. Bg5 Bg4 12. Bh4 Re8 13. Bg3 a6 14. Bd3 h6 15. c3 Qd7 16. Bxd6 Qxd6 17. h3 Bh5 18. Bc2 Rad8 19. Qe2 Kf8 20. Qd3 Bxf3 21. Qxf3 Ne5 22. Qf4 Nc4 23. Qxd6 Rxd6 24. Rab1) 3...c5 4. exd5 (4. exd5 exd5 5. Ngf3 Nc6 6. Bb5 Bd6 7. dxc5 Bxc5 8. O-O Nge7 9. Nb3 Bd6 10. Re1 O-O 11. Bg5 Bg4 12. Bh4 Qc7 13. Bg3 Rad8 14. Bxd6 Qxd6 15. h3 Bh5 16. c3 Rfe8 17. Nbd4 Nxd4 18. Qxd4 Nc6 19. Rxe8+ Rxe8 20. Bxc6 bxc6 21. Re1 Rxe1+ 22. Nxe1 Qe7 23. Nc2 f6 24. Ne3 Bf7 25. b4 g6 26. f4 Be6 27. Kf2 Kg7 28. a3 h5 29. g4 Qc7 30. g5 Qe7 31. gxf6 Qxf6 32. Qxa7+) 4...Qxd5 5. Ngf3 cxd4 6. Bc4 Qd6 7. O-O Nf6 8. Nb3 Nc6 9. Nbxd4 Nxd4 10. Nxd4 a6 11. Re1 Qc7 12. Qe2 Bc5 13. c3 h6 14. Bd3 Bd7 15. Be3 Bd6 16. g3 O-O 17. Qd2 Ng4 18. Rad1 Rfe8 19. Nb3 Nxe3 20. Qxe3 Rad8 21. Qe4 g6 22. Bf1 Bc6 23. Qe3 Kh7 24. Bg2 e5 25. Bxc6 Qxc6 26. Qe4 Qxe4 27. Rxe4 Bc7

In the French Defense Tarrasch variation, white plays 3. Nd2 to avoid the Bb4 pin. White can now play the move c3 to kick the bishop out if it goes on b4. If white plays 3. Nc3, it allows black to play bishop b4 which is called the Winawer variation of the French Defense.

Kasparov Short 1993


Kasparov actually played 3. Nd2 in a French Defense against Nigel Short in their 1993 PCA World Championship Match. Kasparov playing as white, won after a long drawn out endgame...